Learn more about yourself
The idea of travelling, staying in an unfamiliar place, meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone can sound daunting to anybody. Personally, I see myself as an introvert, and social interactions make me a little anxious, so I need a lot of time in the privacy of my own space. But I like the idea of a challenge and testing my boundaries, so almost every time I travel, I choose to spend my time in social spaces. Allowing myself to get comfortable with the uncomfortable has helped me overcome some fears.
Independence & Confidence
Moving to university means a time for many firsts, but travel brings its own additional challenges! Facing language barriers, being on time for your flights, and other hurdles that travelling can throw at you is a great way of really testing your self-reliance. The first time travelling to a foreign country can be really daunting, so don’t be afraid to start off small or go with friends. Whichever you decide, you will really begin to develop a sense of confidence knowing that you can handle anything thrown your way.
New people and new friends
Hostels usually offer a great bang for your buck. Depending on your place of stay, hostels can provide you with budget-friendly accommodation for your length of stay, along with several social events set up for you to mingle with people from all around the world. If Hostels aren’t your style, you can also meet people through free walking tours (Google this!) or on your excursions.
Student Discounts don’t last forever!
As a student, you can get some fantastic perks. You can get your hand on a student (16-25) railcard which provides
Many places across Europe also provide
You have a little more time on your hands than you think
When you’ve graduated and landed yourself a full-time job, the reality hits: You have more responsibility now, and with responsibility
Travel to get hired
Look like a cultured, global citizen by taking advantage of any travel opportunities you can find. Think about looking into Erasmus programmes at your university, or travel opportunities designed and planned by your school. Most importantly, when you travel, consider blogging it so that future employers can see how travel developed your skills.
Written by Leanne Perry, NTU Alumni (BA Hons Media with Communications)